Honorable Mention Tex-Fab Plasticity Competition 2014
This project takes plastic both as a noun that describes a particular set of materials and also as an adjective that is related to the quality and ability to be made into different forms. Plastic Plastic relies on and takes advantage of the material properties of a particular plastic – Polyethylene Terephtalate Glycol (PETG) – and the formal tendencies that are present under controlled heat and pressure.
While a more traditional approach to plastic forming would require the use of a mold (either variable or fixed) along with material blanks, the project develops a technique for robotically controlled ‘motion based moldless forming’. Localized regions on the surface of an air tight material heated and placed under low pressure (<1psi). In addition, the propsed project uses composite straps to mask out and harness particular regions.
focus: large scale plastic deformation
location: Houston, TX
material: PETG, carbon tape
team: Erin Besler, Siim Tuksam
date: 2014 summer